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138 Systematic Investor Series ft Rob Carver – May 3rd, 2021

We’re joined today by Rob Carver to discuss the process of selecting single stocks for a Trend Following system, Rob’s holy trinity of security selection, the JP Morgan-backed fund making huge bets, via options,  on the market remaining quiet, the knock-on effects from funds who make large, risky bets, the sweet-spot for average holding periods in a Trend Following system, ‘caveman-style’ Trend Following versus scaling in and out of positions, how to hedge against inflation, how Trend Following historically has performed really well in rising interest-rate environments, and thoughts on Tesla’s recent earnings, a lot of which were from government subsidies and selling bitcoin.

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Episode TimeStamps:

0:00 - Intro
1:36 - Macro recap from Niels
4:27 - Weekly review of returns
9:38 - Discussion on Tesla’s recent earnings
25:13 - Q1; Matt via the Top Traders Unplugged free voicemail service: How do you select single stocks as a Trend Follower?
35:02 - Q2; Alfred: Does backwardation lead to price rallies?
41:10 - The fund who are now nicknamed ‘Gamma Hammer’ for betting on tranquil markets
48:07 - Q3; Riccardo: What does Rob think about mean reversion strategies, and how they can be complimented with Trend Following? What are your thoughts on Systematic Macro strategies, and how do they compare with Trend Following?
57:16 - Q4; Michael: How long would it take to convert a system made in Microsoft Excel, to Python?
1:00:20 - Q5; James: What do you think about exiting winning trades in stages, rather than at once?
1:06:08 - Hedging against inflation
1:11:06 - Benchmark performance update

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